Hallie Bereday (C‘21) graduated from Georgetown College with a major in psychology and double minors in religion, ethics, and world affairs, and environmental studies. Hallie participated in the Berkley Center's Junior Year Abroad Network in fall 2019, sharing her experiences of studying abroad in Prague.
It is well established that the Rohingya people experience persecution on the basis of their religion. However, additional factors may have contributed to their flight and merit further study. This paper examines the extent to which climate change, economics, and environmental degradation played a role in Rohingya migration. Furthermore, it advocates that international law expand to protect refugees impacted by any of these aspects. Finally, this research delves into international treaties and agreements, including the 2018 Global Refugee Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals, and assesses how these mechanisms could provide frameworks to legitimize climate refugees.
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